Los Angeles, 12 August 2021 (MIA) — Marking World Breastfeeding Week, Australian actress Teresa Palmer posted on Instagram she has nursed her children for nearly eight years in a row.
“Today is day 2,728 of breastfeeding straight. I have nursed since Feb. 17, 2014 when my first son was born. I nursed him in to toddlerhood through the pregnancy of my 2nd son, embarked on a tandem nursing journey for a year.
“I then continued nursing my 2nd son through the pregnancy of my daughter, in to my second tandem nursing journey.
“I’m now still nursing my daughter through this pregnancy and will jump in to my third tandem nursing experience in a matter of weeks,” wrote Palmer, who is expecting her fourth child, a baby girl.
She shares 7-year-old son Bodhi Rain, 4-year-old son Forest Sage, and 2-year-old daughter Poet Lake with husband Mark Webber.
“Some days it’s a lot, I’m utterly exhausted and just want my body back, other days I sit in a place of deep gratitude as I cherish and honour this experience with my babes,” she wrote.
Palmer admits she “was privileged enough to have the choice to breastfeed.”
“Not everyone is afforded that,” she says, highlighting that “for some it comes easier than others.”
However, she has had media outlets “write their opinions” on how she has breastfed in public, or nursed into toddlerhood, or tandem fed. She was also verbally abused “inches from my face by a man and woman as I nursed my 6-week-old daughter on a bench.”
“If that had happened in those first wobbly weeks of being a new mum, trying to establish a latch with my son and finding my feet with parenting, that experience would have profoundly impacted me,” she says.
She ends her World Breastfeeding Week post by encouraging new mothers to turn to trusted breastfeeding resources like La Leche League International and to nurse their babies “without fear of people judging them.”
”For anyone struggling with any of it, I see you and I can only hope that you have enough people in your orbit offering you unconditional encouragement.
“If not please use La Leche League International as a resource, they offer up a list of many wonderful support groups online, lactation consultants and a list of local help near you. What a beautiful community, one that I’ve leant on many times throughout the years. LLLI.org”
Palmer announced her fourth pregnancy in February, in an Instagram post marked with the hashtag “we have so many children.” mr/